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7 Completely Absurd Superstitions of the Middle Ages


7 Completely Absurd Superstitions of the Middle Ages

Do you consider yourself a superstitious person? Well, superstition is a kind of popular belief that has no scientific explanation. They are created by the people themselves and are usually passed on from generation to generation. Most of the time they are created by the fact that we do not have scientific explanation for a certain subject, and people try to create rational explanations, therefore, untruths.

These superstitions can disrupt a person’s life. A good example of this is Friday the 13th. There is no study that proves that this date brings any kind of bad luck, but many individuals believe so much in this that they end up leaving and not leaving home that day, harming their own lives. In the Middle Ages it was no different. At the time it was a little worse due to the fact of so little knowledge. Today, we bring you 7 completely absurd superstitions of the Middle Ages.

7. The Witch’s Hammer

The Witch's Hammer

The book Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of the Witches), is in the list of the most infamous books of history. It was published in 1486, and was written by two German friars, to unmask arguments that witchcraft did not exist. It was also created as a tutorial / manual for the detection, trial and punishment of witches. The book was responsible for the wave of witch-hunt that covered Europe with the deaths of thousands of people. Most innocent women.

6.The Wild Man of Orford of the Middle Ages

The Wild Man of Orford of the Middle Ages

According to some stories of Suffolk fishermen, one day they captured a naked wild man near the village of Orford. The so-called Newfoundland, as they named it, had a long shaggy beard and a hairy chest, but his head would be totally bald. The creature was taken to the Castle of Orford, where Bartholomew of Glanvile was the governor.The strange being was thrown into the dungeon and tortured to make him speak.Without information, the residents could not decide whether the creature was a fish or a man, so comfortable was she on land as she was at sea. The villagers thought that the strange prisoner might be an evil spirit in the body of a drowned sailor.

5. Place for bad living

Place for bad living

The island of Drangey lies on the North Atlantic, about an hour by boat from Iceland. It is marked by a huge cliff that rises to 168 meters above sea level. In the Middle Ages, the island was considered the home of trolls and other evil beings. Hunters who climbed the cliff to hunt birds and catch eggs often fell because their ropes were mysteriously cut off.

4. Spectral Hunters

Spectral Hunters

Throughout medieval Britain and in many places on the European continent, people reported an excessive fear of spectral packs that swept the forests in midwinter.Moment in which the world of the living and the dead collided. These mysterious dogs were accompanied by ghost hunters and warriors, riding on black steeds, led by Odin, god of the dead of the time.

3. Real Touch

Real Touch

For a long time people believed that monarchs, by virtue of their divine right to rule, would be blessed with the power to cure diseases with a single touch. Diseases in particular such as scrofula, a tuberculous inflammation of the lymph glands of the neck would heal quickly if the person were touched by a sovereign.

2. Magonia


People fascinated by alien life would surely interpret this fireball seen by Charlemagne as a spaceship. Reports of mysterious objects in the sky are certainly not limited to the present day. Archbishop Agobardo, in one of his books, describes that the people of his day believed in a certain region called Magonia, “from which ships entered the clouds” to steal crops.

1. Sea in the sky

Sea in the sky

This story was spread by the English chronicler Gervase of Tilbury. He wrote around 1212 for his patron, the Roman emperor Otto of Brunswick, declaring that he believed the sea was at a point above the Earth, “above our dwelling, in the air.” This belief was based on Genesis, which speaks of “waters above the firmament.”

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